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Is it possible to measure ocean surface slopes with a microwave radar at nadir probing?

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The problem of the backscattered microwave radar signal from a rough water surface at normal incidence taking into account the form of radar beam is solved. It is shown that the radar beam form has a strong influence on the characteristics of the reflected field. A retrieval algorithm for the standard deviations of slopes of large-scale waves by a radar with a sharply asymmetric radar beam is developed. It is shown theoretically and confirmed experimentally that the use of a rotating antenna allows the determination of the direction of wave propagation. A new approach for the retrieval of the near surface wind speed is proposed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-08-30

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